Journal article

Parenting x Brain Development interactions as predictors of adolescent depressive symptoms and well-being: Differential susceptibility or diathesis-stress?

Camille Deane, Nandita Vijayakumar, Nicholas B Allen, Orli Schwartz, Julian G Simmons, Chad A Bousman, Christos Pantelis, Sarah Whittle

Development and Psychopathology | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


It is unclear how individual differences in parenting and brain development interact to influence adolescent mental health outcomes. This study examined interactions between structural brain development and observed maternal parenting behavior in the prediction of adolescent depressive symptoms and psychological well-being. Whether findings supported diathesis-stress or differential susceptibility frameworks was tested. Participants completed observed interactions with their mothers during early adolescence (age 13), and the frequency of positive and aggressive maternal behavior were coded. Adolescents also completed structural magnetic resonance imaging scans at three time points: mean ages..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Project ID: DP130103551). Sarah Whittle was supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (ID: 1007716). Christos Pantelis was supported by a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (628386 and 1105825).